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1 R. Lamar Duffy, M.D. Associate Professor Department of Family Medicine University of South Alabama College of Medicine

2 Medication Favorites Why would anyone NOT create Favorites?  I don’t have time for that. Every med search is lost time. It doesn’t cost you any more time to set up a Favorite than it does to prescribe it for one patient—then you’ll NEVER HAVE TO SEARCH FOR OR TYPE IT AGAIN!

3  It’s too much work to organize all those tabs. Well, just do ONE tab. Then use the “jump” function on the All Tab to find your meds. Eventually you may decide to create some more specific tabs, but if not, that’s fine. Medication Favorites Why would anyone NOT create Favorites? Type “met” to jump down to metformin

4 Medication Favorites Why would anyone NOT create Favorites?  I’ll just have to change the dose & SIG anyway. Remind users that they can save multiple doses & formulations of the same medicine.

5 Medication Favorites Why would anyone NOT create Favorites?  Avoid difficult or futile searches. Especially useful for DME items in the Med Module.

6 Medication Favorites Why would anyone NOT create Favorites?  Make it easier to find custom medications your practice has added. The search function is even more picky about finding custom meds; once you finally find them, add them to your Favorites.

7  Every second you spend here is paid back exponentially for the rest of your life.  Do the SIG first. Changing the SIG often (annoyingly) resets all your other modifications. Medication Favorites Edit Heavily

8  Typing a SIG here is often faster & clearer than using the SIG Builder.  And you’ll make better sense than the databank offerings. Medication Favorites SIG Creation

9  Save SIGs in patient-friendly language. You’re only typing it once; it’s not like using abbreviations saves you much time. Improve compliance; leave no doubt about how to take the med. Remember your med list goes into the Patient Plan document, so take advantage of the opportunity to drive a point home. Medication Favorites SIG Creation

10  Save SIGs in patient-friendly language. This also improves patient safety & chronic disease management. Medication Favorites SIG Creation ? Que?

11  Some of the default SIG offerings are over 140 characters, impeding E- prescribing. But you can type even a detailed steroid taper in under 140 characters. Medication Favorites SIG Creation

12  Set quantity & refills however you most commonly prescribe them. You can quickly change them later as necessary for an individual patient. Medication Favorites Quantity & Refills

13  The only WRONG duration is the one NextGen sets by default: 0 A 0-duration med immediately drops off your active med list.  For maintenance meds, make duration blank, so the med persists on the active med list until you stop it.  For episodic drugs, like a course of antibiotics, enter the planned days of use, so it will drop off the active med list when done. Some of our patients have been taking the same 10 days of amoxicillin for years now. Medication Favorites Duration

14  I add this comment to most of my oral meds.  Yes, pharmacists sometimes overlook things in the comments box. Even if they do, your nurse can see it & respond appropriately. And after 1-2 times the pharmacists will catch on; callbacks waste their time, too. Medication Favorites Comments save you callbacks

15  Many insurance formularies provide insulin & injection supplies for one copay if you include them on the same prescription. This also saves you the trouble of prescribing them separately, & the callback when you forget to do so. Medication Favorites Comments save your patients copays

16  Glucose meters change constantly, & somebody is always offering a rebate at one time or another, so we created this custom medication. Save as a Favorite, & add a comment including test strips & other necessary testing supplies on the same script.

17  It’s hard for most non-dermatologists to keep all those steroid classes straight. Use the Comments field as a way to give yourself a reminder without having to leave the EHR. Medication Favorites Comments as a work aid

18  Share med favorites among your providers. Promotes generic usage, improving formulary compliance & reducing costs. Promotes evidence-based prescribing. Promotes consistency within the practice. Medication Favorites As a practice improvement tool

19  Encourage nurses to set up/use their provider’s Favorites. They’re the front line for entering historical meds; the faster they can work, the sooner you can see the patient. Workflow: Have every provider create a Favorites Tab called “Nurse.” Nurses first look on the All Tab for meds; if not there, search for med & drag to the Nurse Tab. Medication Favorites Not just for providers

20  Even if you never prescribe a drug, you’ll still need to enter meds given by other providers. One might argue that almost any med you ever search for should be added as a favorite, especially for nurses. Medication Favorites Maybe not your favorites, but “Frequent Flyers”


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